The Bret Harte High School Academic Decathlon team suited up and set out to better its scores at the statewide competition March 14 through 17 in Sacramento.
“It was a great experience,” said Bret Harte math teacher Amy Avrit. “First-class competition and hotel accommodations.”
The students gave speeches and interviews to a panel of judges, which Avrit emphasized as a valuable life lesson.
This year the competition groupings were divided differently, and “it made the chances of earning a medal very slim,” Avrit explained.
Of three divisions, Bret Harte competed in the third and most impacted group; with more than 30 teams going for the gold, 300 students vied for just 90 medals.
“Although winning a medal was tougher than ever,” said Avrit, “… there were some notable improvements over our regional competition.”
The following students markedly improved upon their regional scores: Jonathan Howard earned 217 more points, garnering the highest score on the BH team; Dakota Morlan earned 443 more points; Rose Wine earned 319 more; Jacob Lilly earned 318 more; and Christopher Mills earned 89 more.
“It was awesome for Jonathan to be top in the county in four events and to improve at the state,” Avrit said. “Rose Wine scored in the 900s in both the speech and interview – amazing for a freshman in honors category.
“Some of the team members were disappointed with their performance,” she added. “Fortunately, they are not seniors and can re-group for next year – all part of life.”
Avrit went on to thank members of the community who helped the team progress to state.
“A special thanks goes out to Mr. (Timothy) Randall for taking time after school to help prepare the team for their math test,” she said.
In addition, Avrit extended gratitude to those who donated to the students’ trip.
“We had a goal of raising $700 to pay for the meals for the students and coaches for four days – we raised $900,” she said. “We genuinely appreciate the community supporting this valuable academic endeavor for the students. One will not know the impact it has had on them and what they will do in life because of it.”
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